The City of West Hollywood invites the business community to a meeting focusing on the Holloway Motel Interim Housing Program on December 12, 2022, at 5 p.m. via ZOOM. The City was awarded a grant from the State of California to convert the Holloway Motel into 20 units of interim housing for people experiencing homelessness. The City wants to hear from stakeholders in the West Hollywood business community at this meeting.
Register in advance at: https://us06web.zoom.us/…/tZIocuGrrzguH9E66LjyMeH45LhXH
The City of West Hollywood’s Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness — established in 2018 through community, City Council, and stakeholder collaboration — prioritizes taking several actions to create supportive service space within the City of West Hollywood’s municipal boundaries for community members experiencing homelessness.
In accordance with the plan, the City has been preparing for opportunities to buy property within the city that can be converted into a service space, with one of the priority uses being for interim housing. Interim housing programs offer people experiencing homelessness 30- to 90-day stays, while engaging in social services and locating permanent housing.
As a byproduct of the emergency response provided by the State of California to address the needs of vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented amount of financial support has become available from the State to support local jurisdictions in purchasing hotels and motels for conversion into interim and affordable housing programs; dubbed the State of California Homekey Program.
In late May 2022, the State awarded City of West Hollywood a conditional Homekey grant to address the capital and operating expenses to convert the proposed Holloway Motel site into an interim housing and supportive services location for community members experiencing homelessness. In June 2022, the West Hollywood City Council approved the purchase of the Holloway Motel with reserves set aside in West Hollywood’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The proposed project plans call for considerable physical improvements to the site and operations would include appropriate security measures and 24/7 onsite staff.
As the Holloway Motel Interim Housing Program continues forward, community engagement and feedback on developing and operating the site to support vulnerable community members will be key. The city invites the community to stay engaged and participate.
Find FAQs about this project at www.weho.org/holloway that will provide some basic information in advance of the December 12th meeting.